One of the neatest, most heart warming things was passed along to me today. This morning, while dreading a long day of work in the office and not looking forward to it being Monday, I was checking my email and noticed a message from my friend Barbara. Barbara introduced me to a nonprofit organization known as Little Dresses for Africa.
Little Dresses for Africa is a program, set up by a fantastic group of women, who create and sew simple dresses that are mailed across the world and distributed to little girls in need. Hundreds of thousands of dresses (many made from pillowcases and sheet sets due to the inexpensive costs) have been delivered to excited young girls in dozens of countries.
Barbara sent me the photos below:
The photo on the left shows me assembling a 'sew a dress kit' last May during a Little Dresses for Africa meeting at Go Organic Grocer in my hometown of Berlin, MD. Barbara, three other women, and I spent several hours assembling these kits (consisting of a pattern-trimmed pillow case, a spool of thread, a sewing needle, some ribbons, and a few buttons). A local woman, Rachel, was planning a trip to Haiti to deliver the kits to women and children in need. The photo on the right shows little girls in Haiti making their own dresses out of the very kit that I had assembled that day in May.
It was so heartwarming to see this children contently working on finishing a project that I started. I'm so thankful to know that I was able to help these children by doing a task that I greatly enjoy -- sewing. By having some help from caring individuals, like Barbara and Rachel and many others, these children are receiving gifts from strangers that might change their lives.
Check out the Little Dresses for Africa program and share your love for creativity with someone else.
Happy sewing and happy helping,